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The History of Government from the Earliest Times

S. E. Finer

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780198207900
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191677854 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207900.001.0001
The History of Government from the Earliest Times

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No one has hitherto had the breadth of imagination and intellectual boldness to describe and analyse government throughout recorded history and throughout the world. Ranging over 5,000 years, from the Sumerian city state to the modern European nation state, five themes emerge in this book: state-building, military formats, belief systems, social stratification, and timespan. The three volumes examine both representative and exceptional polities, and focus on political elites of different types. This text is the second volume and it analyses the ‘church’ politics of the Byzantine Empire and the Caliphate; the evolution of the T'ang and Ming Empires in China; the characteristics of feudal Europe, the ‘republican alternatives’ of Florence and Venice, and finally the growth of representative assemblies across Europe.

Keywords: government; state-building; military formats; belief systems; social stratification; timespan; representative polities; exceptional polities; Byzantine Empire; Caliphate

Book.  458 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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The Byzantine Empire (<i>c</i>.1000) in The History of Government from the Earliest Times

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The Empire of the Caliphate (<i>c</i>.900) in The History of Government from the Earliest Times

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Addendum 2a. A Note on Mamluk Egypt (1250–1517) in The History of Government from the Earliest Times

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Government Under the Ming, 1368–1644 in The History of Government from the Earliest Times

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The Feudal Background in The History of Government from the Earliest Times

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The <i>Regna</i> in The History of Government from the Earliest Times

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The Republican Alternative: Florence and Venice in The History of Government from the Earliest Times

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Representative Assemblies in The History of Government from the Earliest Times

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